Panhandle mosquitoes tests positive for West Nile Virus


A mosquito pool in the Nebraska Panhandle has recently tested positive for West Nile Virus according to a Panhandle Public Health District (PPHD) news release.

West Nile virus is spread when mosquitoes feed on an infected bird. The mosquito can then pass it on to humans through a bite as well.

This positive result indicates a potential for humans to contract the virus.

According to Laura Bateman, infection prevention coordinator at Kimball Health Services, mild infections can cause fever, headache, body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph glands. More severe infections may include a high fev...

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